About 54 million adults in the United States have arthritis, which is the leading cause of pain and disability in the world. Board-certified interventional pain management physician Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, Ali Valimahomed, MD, and the team at Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Red Bank and Montclair, New Jersey, take an integrated approach to the treatment of arthritis pain. The practice creates customized plans aimed at relieving your arthritis pain and improving your quality of life. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
Arthritis isn’t a single diagnosis. It’s a term that indicates joint inflammation.
Joints are the points in your body where two or more bones meet. They play an integral role in supporting your body’s mobility. Arthritis pain, inflammation, and stiffness may significantly affect your ability to carry out your day-to-day activities.
Arthritis can affect any joint in your body, including your knees, shoulders, spine, and elbows.
Any type of arthritis may cause pain and discomfort. Four types of arthritis that Gramercy Pain Center commonly treats for their pain-causing abilities include:
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It’s caused by the wearing away of the cartilage that cushions the bones that make up your joint.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys the lining of your joint capsule.
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that affects people with psoriasis, a skin condition that triggers an overproduction of skin cells.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that causes spine pain and stiffness.
When you visit Gramercy Pain Center for an arthritis pain evaluation, you can expect a comprehensive exam. The pain management practice aims to find the root cause of your pain to develop an effective treatment plan.
Your provider at Gramercy Pain Center first reviews your symptoms, medical history, and the types of treatments you’ve tried to alleviate your arthritis pain. They conduct a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of the joint responsible for your pain.
To help identify the cause of your arthritis pain, your provider may run various tests, such as blood work and diagnostic imaging.
Gramercy Pain Center tailors your treatment plan based on the source of your arthritis pain, the severity of your symptoms, and the degree of joint damage.
The providers take an integrated approach to care, combining physical therapy, home exercises, and medications with minimally invasive interventional pain management treatments.
Some of the arthritis pain treatments they offer include:
If pain management treatments fail to alleviate your arthritis pain and improve your quality of life, Gramercy Pain Center may refer you to a surgeon to discuss joint replacement options.
For a comprehensive approach to arthritis pain treatment, call Gramercy Pain Center, or book an appointment online today.